Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

116 REFIT REPORT Carnival Pride Carnival Cruise Line’s 2001-built Carnival Pride arrived at Navantia’s shipyard on 28 April 2023 and spent the next month in dry dock while almost 700 people from Navantia and local contracting firms worked day and night to update the ship. One of the largest projects undertaken by Navantia on Carnival Pride was repainting the exterior of the vessel to protect it against corrosion and unwanted organisms that might cause resistance when sailing and increase the ship’s fuel consumption. It also added Carnival Cruise Line’s signature red, white and blue lines to the hull to match the brand’s corporate identity. In addition, Navantia and its partners overhauled the propulsion system and stabilisers, carried out structural modifications for new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant elevators, and renewed more than 450 balconies, the lido glazing and balustrades. They also renovated floors, improved the bathing area and added new bars and a two-deck barbecue area before Carnival Pride departed the shipyard on 26 May 2023. “I’m so proud of our team; they have done amazing work refreshing and enhancing Carnival Pride just in time for her Europe sailings,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Photos: Carnival Cruise Line Photo: Seaspan Shipyards Seven Seas Explorer Seaspan Victoria Shipyards completed its first post-pandemic cruise ship dry dock project on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer. In late May, the vessel became the first of the brand’s ships to visit Victoria Shipyards and was given a quick prep and paint touch up to its hull, as well as a stabiliser overhaul, before heading off on its summer tour of Alaska British Columbia.